Racing: Murphy in line to partner Best Mate

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Knight indicated that she would like Murphy, one of several jockeys in attendance at her owners' day, to renew his link with the triple Cheltenham Gold Cup winner in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter on 1 November.

The trainer is mindful of the fact that the champion owner, David Johnson, has a retainer on Murphy, and said: "Timmy knows the horse and it would make sense for him to ride Matey in his races, but Martin Pipe has a strong hand of staying chasers and I realise Timmy might not be available."

* Racing at Goodwood was held up for a course inspection by jockeys, trainers and stewards after This Is My Song suffered a fatal injury in the second race. It was the third fatality at the track in two days.

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